Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Music Friday - September 8, 2017

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Alvvays - Antisocialites

Alvvays released a spectacular self-titled debut album in 2014. That album was anchored by "Marry Me, Archie", a song about trying to cajole a reluctant lover into marriage. The first single from their sophomore album takes on a nearly opposite sentiment, mourning the end of a relationship. There's growth in their follow-up, but without the loss infectious jangle that made Alvvays such a delight.

Watch: "In Undertow"
Watch: "Plimsoll Punks"

Deerhoof - Mountain Moves

Deerhoof have a distinct sound, one they've displayed on studio albums already four times this decade. They're doing something a bit different for this fifth album, bringing in a number of featured artists. Collaborators range from Awkwafina, to Juana Molina, to Jenn Wasner.

Watch: "I Will Spite Survive" (featuring Jenn Wasner) 
Listen: "Come Down Here and Say That" (featuring Laetitia Sadler)

The National - Sleep Well Beast

The National are one of the most stylistically consistent bands in indie rock, but they've always maintained a timeliness that kept them from becoming boring. Things are no different on this latest record, their seventh, with some subtle and some not-so-subtle references to the current political environment.

Watch: "Day I Die"
Watch: "Carin at the Liquor Store"

Tony Allen - The Source

African drummer Tony Allen has had a long and prosperous career, both as the drummer for Fela Kuti and as a solo artist. His latest album, and according to the artist himself, his best, is his first for famed jazz label Blue Note.

Listen: "Push and Pull"
Listen: "On Fire"

Zola Jesus - Okovi

Okovi is the fifth album from this Wisconsin singer, long known for her goth pop sound and dark lyrics. The darkness continues on this latest record, written when the singer was back in hometown following a battle with depression. The result is an incredible album that has earned her some of her highest praise of her career.

Watch: "Exhumed"
Watch: "Soak"

Other Full-Length Releases

Alex Cameron - Forced Witness

Watch: "Candy May"
Watch: "Runnin’ Out of Luck"

Carmen Villain - Infinite Avenue

Watch: "Red Desert"
Listen: "Borders" (featuring Jenny Hval)

Death from Above - Outage! Is Now

Watch: "Never Swim Alone"
Watch: "Freeze Me"

Faith Healer - Try ;)

Watch: "Try"
Listen: "Light of Loving"

Julie & The Wrong Guys - Julie & The Wrong Guys

Watch: "You Wanted What I Wanted"
Listen: "Love & Leaving"

Lomelda - Thx

Listen: "From Here"
Listen: "Interstate Vision"

Lunice - CCCLX

Watch: "Mazerati"
Watch: "Distrust" (featuring Denzel Curry, JK The Reaper, & Nell)

Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives

Watch: "Delta"
Watch: "Blue Train Lines"

MuteMath - Play Dead

Watch: "Break the Fever"
Watch: "War"

Nosaj Thing - Parallels

Watch: "U G"
Listen: "All Points Back to U" (featuring Steve Spacek)

Partner - In Search of Lost Time

Watch: "Play the Field"
Listen: "Gross Secret"

Small Circle - Cyclical

Listen: "Mornings"
Listen: "Spinning"

Sparks - Hippopotamus

Watch: "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)"
Watch: "What the Hell Is It This Time?"

Susanne Sundfør - Music for People in Trouble

Listen: "Mountaineers" (featuring John Grant)
Listen: "No One Believes in Love Anymore"

Ted Leo - The Hanged Man

Watch: "Can’t Go Back"
Listen: "You’re Like Me"

Tori Amos - Native Invader

Watch: "Reindeer King"
Watch: "Cloud Riders"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Animal Collective - Sung Tongs Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Leaf House"
Listen: "Winter’s Love"

David Bowie - The 1980 Floorshow

Listen: "Jean Genie"
Listen: "Time"

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Up from Below Vinyl Reissue

Watch: "Home"
Listen: "Janglin"

Jimi Hendrix - Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Hey Joe"
Listen: "Fire"

Mas Ysa - Untitled

Listen: "Face"
Listen: "Mapquest"

Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See Vinyl Reissue

Watch: "Fade Into You"
Listen: "So Tonight That I Might See"

Mourn - Over the Wall

Listen: "Color Me Impressed"
Listen: "Over the Wall"

Nico - Behind the Iron Curtain Reissue

Listen: "Procession"
Listen: "All Saints Night from a Polish Motorway"

Syd - Always Never Home

Listen: "Moving Mountains"
Listen: "On the Road"

Twin Peaks (Music from the Limited Event Series)

Zomby - GASP!

Listen: "GASP!"
Listen: "ZKITTLEZ"

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending January 13)

Happy New Years, everyone! We are past the relative lull of the holidays (at least as far as new music goes) and back in the swing of new releases and new announcements. As always, you can view a longer list of albums set to be released over the next few months over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Suuns announced their fourth album, Felt.

Suuns is a Canadian band hailing from Montreal, with an dark, experimental, art rock sound. I first started to listen to them some time after their 2010 debut album, Zeroes QC, falling in love especially with two stand out tracks from the record, "Armed for Peace" and "Up Past the Nursery". They have released two additional albums since that debut, 2013's Images du Futur and 2016's Hold/Still, as well as a collaborative album, Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart, with Jerusalem in My Heart in 2015.

They announced their latest record on Thursday, along with a new song and video, "Watch Me, Watch You".

The album is set for release on March 2.

Also announced this week:

The Breeders - All Nerve (March 2)
Cavern of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade (March 22)
Erika Wennerstrom - Sweet Unknown (March 23)
Frankie Cosmos - Vessel (March 30)
Jack White - Boarding House Reach (March 23)
Jay Som - Pirouette 7” (January 26)
Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods (February 2)
The Men - Drift (March 2)
Mouse on Mars - Dimensional People (April 13)
Nap Eyes - I’m Bad Now (March 9)
The Radio Dept. - “Your True Name” (out now)
Ride - Tomorrow’s Shore EP (February 16)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Async Remodels (March 2)
Standing At The Gates: The Songs Of Nada Surf’s Let Go (February 2)
Titus Andronicus - A Productive Cough (March 2)
Trace Mountains - A Partner to Lean On (March 30)
The Vaccines - Combat Sports (March 30)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

New Music Friday - August 4, 2017

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Amy O - Elastic

Amy Oelsner is a Bloomington, Indiana-based singer and songwriter who began learning the guitar and writing songs as a child in Arkansas. Her career took her across the United States before she landed in Indiana in 2016. Elastic is her second album recorded in her new home.

Watch: "History Walking"
Watch: "Lavender Night"

Briana Marela - Call It Love

Marela also has a connection to Bloomington, Indiana; she is signed to Jagjaguwar Records, based in the town. She herself is from Seattle. She released her first album with the label, All Around Us, in 2015. Call It Love continues on the sounds explored on that previous album, spanning pop, electronic, and folk styles.

Watch: "Farthest Shore"
Listen: "Feel What I Feel"

Other Full-Length Releases

A$AP Twelvyy - 12

Watch: "Strapped"
Listen: "Diamonds" (featuring A$AP Rocky)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Brian Eno - Another Green World Reissue

Listen: "Sky Saw"
Listen: "Another Green World"

Brian Eno - Before and After Science Reissue

Listen: "No One Receiving"
Listen: "Here He Comes"

Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets Reissue

Listen: "Needle in the Camel's Eye"
Listen: "The Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch"

Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain Reissue

Listen: "Burning Airlines Give You So Much More"
Listen: "Back in Judy’s Jungle"

Wind River: Original Score By Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Listen: "Snow Wolf"
Listen: "Three Seasons in Wyoming"

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week(s) (Ending December 16)

It's the most wonderful time of the year, when everyone starts posting their year-end lists of the best movies, music, games, and more, and readers start freaking out about what's included and what's not. I will, of course, post my own list, as well as compile those year-end lists into one!

A large number of albums due out next year have already been announced. Check out my list of them here!

A couple of weeks ago, Meg Remy announced her sixth album as U.S. Girls, In a Poem Unlimited.

Remy has been working since 2007 and released her first album, Gravel Days, in 2008. It wasn't until last year that I first became aware of her and her latest album, Half Free, thanks to Exclaim (a Canadian music magazine). While the album was described as "art pop," it combined a variety of styles ranging from chamber music, to reggae, to pop. But it was her voice and lyrics that really drew me in (check out the album opener, "Sororal Feelings").

She released "Mad as Hell", the first single and video from the album back in October. The album was announced at the end of November along with a new song, "Velvet 4 Sale".

In a Poem Unlimited is scheduled for release on February 16.

Also announced recently:

American Nightmare - American Nightmare (February 16)
Austra - “Change the Paradigm” (out now)
Charli XCX - Pop2 (out now)
Closer - All This Will Be (January 19)
David Byrne - American Utopia (March 9)
DJ Earl & Nick Hook - 50 Backwoods (December 8)
El Perro Del Mar - We Are History (February 2)
EMA - Outtakes from Exile (March 2)
Emily A. Sprague - Water Memory (December 21)
Eminem - Revival (out now)
Ghostface Killah - The Brown Tape (January 26)
Guided By Voices - Space Gun (March 23)
Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides of the Sky (March 9)
Jonathan Wilson - Rare Birds (March 2)
Legend of the Seagullmen - Legend of the Seagullmen (February 9)
Lily Allen - “Trigger Bang” (out now)
Lucy Dacus - Historian (March 2)
Renata Zeiguer - Old Ghost (February 23)
Rhye - Blood (February 2)
The Shins - The Hearts Worm (January 19)
Strand of Oaks - Harder Love (January 19)
Ty Segall - Freedom’s Goblin (January 26)
Wild Beasts - Last Night All My Dreams Came True (February 16)
Xenia Rubinos, Sammus, & Olga Bell – “Levitating” (out now)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending November 25)

I hope that all of my wonderful readers had a great Thanksgiving. Myself, I spent the holiday in North Carolina with my mom, my boyfriend, and his family. Work and travel have given me less time to work on this blog lately, but I did finally get my Upcoming Releases page updated! So, go over and check it out!

Today's post actually covers the past two weeks. A couple of weeks ago, Brandi Carlile announced her sixth album, By the Way, I Forgive You.

Brandi Carlile was one of the first artists who made me appreciate country music (or alt-country, the name for artists more indebted to '60s and '70s style country than to the modern sound). She's consistently released strong work over 13 years and five albums.

She announced her latest album just shy of two weeks ago. Though her music has always wavered between alt-country, folk, and americana, she describes this album as a "massive change" for her.

By the Way, I Forgive You is set for release on February 16.

Also announced over the past two weeks:

Art Feynman - Near Negative (December 15)
The Body - A Home on Earth (out now)
Charlotte Day Wilson - “Doubt” (out now)
Dream Wife - Dream Wife (January 26)
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Stars, the Oceans & the Moon (May)
Girlfriend Material - Girlfriend Material (out now)
Kehlani - “Already Won” (out now)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland (out now)
Loma - Mona (February 16)
MED, Blu, & Madlib - The Turn Up (out now)
N.E.R.D. - No_One Ever Really Dies (December 15)
Palehound - YMCA Pool 7” (January 26)
Panda Bear - A Day with the Homies (January 12)
Robert Earl Thomas - Another Age (February 16)
S. Carey -  Hundred Acres (February 23)
Saintseneca - “Moon Barks at the Dog” (out now)
The Staves & yMusic - The Way Is Read (November 24)
A Very Roc Christmas (out now)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Music Friday - September 1, 2017

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Hercules and Love Affair - Omnion

Hercules and Love Affair was started by producer Andy Butler in 2004. They saw their first success in 2008 with the track "Blind", a collaboration with Anohni. Since, they have released three albums, including Omnion. Their fourth records features both past collaborators, Rouge Mary, and some new featured voices, Sharon van Etten and Faris Badwan.

Watch: "Controller" (featuring Faris Badwan)
Watch: "Omnion" (featuring Sharon van Etten)

LCD Soundsystem - american dream

Turns out LCD Soundsystem's 2011 farewell concert at Madison Square Garden was not the end for them, though they did take an extended break. In 2015, they released a Christmas single, then played a few shows (mostly festival appearances) through 2016. They released the first singles from the eventual comeback album in May. The return is a bit annoying following the spectacle of their farewell, but is still a welcome one.

Watch: "tonite"
Listen: "american dream"

Madeline Kenney - Night Night at the First Landing

Madeline Kenney is a musician, and baker, and painter, and neuroscientist, hailing from Seattle. She released her debut EP, Signals, in 2016.  The EP was produced by Chaz Bear (better known as Chaz Bundick or Toro Y Moi). He returns to produced her debut full-length.

Watch: "Rita"
Watch: "Always"

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Echo of Pleasure

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been around since 2007, making indie pop influenced by the shoegaze alt-rock of the 80s and 90s. They stripped their sound back a bit for their previous record, 2014's Days of Abandon, but return to the fuller sound of their earlier records for this follow-up, their fourth album overall.

Watch: "When I Dance with You"
Watch: "So True"

Other Full-Length Releases

Daughter - Music from Before the Storm

Listen: "Burn It Down"
Listen: "Glass"

Duds - A Nature or a Degree

Listen: "Elastic Feel"

Maneka - Is You Is

Listen: "Dracula" (featuring Katie Capri)
Listen: "Tiger Baby" (featuring Jordyn Blakely)

Mogwai - Every Country’s Sun

Watch: "Coolverine"
Watch: "Party in the Dark"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

The Knife - Live at Terminal 5